Hydropower Conflicts in Patagonia

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Mon, 07/08/2013 - 8:52am

This is multi-year project is supported by MISTI-Chile.  It involves a team from MIT (led by Professor Larry Susskind), as well as a partner group at Universidad Austral de Chile (in Valdivia, Chile) headed by faculty member Teo Kausal.  MIT student-faculty teams have visited Chile twice in 2013-2013 while the team from Austral visited the US as well. Our goal has been to outline ways in which consultation with the Mapuche people (as required by international law) might be accomplished in conjunction with the massive five dam project (HidroAysen) proposed in Patagonia.

MIT Science Impact Collaborative

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Mon, 07/08/2013 - 8:49am

Created in 2005 with support from the U.S. Geologic Service (USGS), the Science Impact Collaborative (formally MUSIC) is an extended program of action-research testing the proposition that, anywhere in the world, the right kind of stakeholder engagement in natural resource management can improve the fairness, efficiency, stability and scientific wisdom of collective decisions made in the public arena.

Spring 2013 EPP Newsletter

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Tue, 06/25/2013 - 11:28am

The Spring 2013 issue of DUSP's Environmental Policy and Planning Newsletter is now available.

This issue focuses on student research, including work with faculty as well as theses and dissertations. As you’ll see, students are working on a broad range of topics, from climate adaptation to energy politics to parking regulation to brownfield restoration. They are capitalizing on the expertise available throughout the department and the Institute; they are producing reports that answer practical questions and appeal to a variety of audiences.

DUSP Alum Profile: Adele Fleet Bacow (MCP 1977)

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Wed, 06/19/2013 - 2:25pm

We recently asked a number of alumni to share their reflections on the value of their DUSP education.  From time to time, we will feature their responses in this space.

"In retrospect, what made my DUSP education special was that DUSP gave me an opportunity to stretch my thinking, learning, and confidence in planning and community development while working with people with amazing backgrounds, talent, and creative minds.

Infrastructural Monument: Infrastructure for the Long Haul

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Wed, 06/19/2013 - 10:51am

This spring, the Center for Advanced Urbanism staged its first symposium — Infrastructural Monument: Infrastructure for the Long Haul — to consider how best to approach the challenge of replacing or reconstructing our urban infrastructure in ways that will address a widening range of urban problems. It was the first in a series devoted to a set of strategic design challenges facing cities worldwide.

Baltimore Inversions: Shrinking City Urban Design Studio

Submitted by Brent D. Ryan on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 9:22am

The Spring 2013 studio BALTIMORE INVERSIONS questioned the current peculiar condition where urbanity is outmatched by reality. Taking a former petroleum refinery site whose owners themselves wish to invert the site’s history as an oil refinery and its reputation as a source of neighborhood blight, the studio investigated Baltimore’s current condition in order to generate formal, programmatic, and socioeconomic reversals of that condition.

Food Systems & the Environment

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Wed, 06/12/2013 - 9:57am

This project, created by students in Judy Layzer's "Food Systems and the Environment," stems from the observation that the current system of food production in the United States is environmentally unsustainable and socially inequitable. The site provides a basic understanding of the flaws that plague the current food system and provokes thinking about how we might transform that system into one that is more resilient and fair.

The project is divided into four major sections:

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